hypnosis

noun
hyp·​no·​sis | \ hip-ˈnō-səs How to pronounce hypnosis (audio) \
plural hypnoses\ hip-​ˈnō-​ˌsēz How to pronounce hypnosis (audio) \

Definition of hypnosis

1 : a trancelike state that resembles sleep but is induced by a person whose suggestions are readily accepted by the subject
2 : any of various conditions that resemble sleep

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Examples of hypnosis in a Sentence

He underwent hypnosis to treat his fear of water. While under hypnosis, she described the horrific accident in detail.
Recent Examples on the Web Yoga has been banned in Alabama public schools since 1993, when the Alabama Board of Education voted to prohibit hypnosis, meditation and yoga in public schools after conservative groups pushed the ban, according to the Associated Press. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Alabama lawmakers deadlock on effort to lift ban on yoga in public schools," 1 Apr. 2021 The Alabama Board of Education voted in 1993 to prohibit yoga, hypnosis and meditation in public school classrooms. Kim Chandler, Star Tribune, "Alabama yoga bill stalls after conservative groups object," 31 Mar. 2021 Both Rottmann and Stone said forms of hypnosis are far more common in everyday life than most people realize. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Can a scammer hypnotize you over the phone? Let’s ask professional hypnotists," 30 Mar. 2021 Those in the industry attribute its popularity to factors from Taiwan’s dominant religions of Daoism and Buddhism and related beliefs in reincarnation and spirits, to a growing acceptance of alternative health practices like reiki and hypnosis. Washington Post, "Taiwan’s pet psychics gain ground with animal lovers looking for a connection," 29 Mar. 2021 Though mastering hypnosis, meditation, positive affirmations, and visualizations takes time and determination, Ms. Mongan believed all women could successfully use her approach to childbirth. BostonGlobe.com, "Marie Mongan, who popularized hypnobirthing, dies at 86," 28 Mar. 2021 There’s a moment in Netflix’s otherwise sublime, challenging masterwork Emily in Paris that jostles viewers out of its revelatory hypnosis. Zak Jason, Wired, "TV Characters Don’t Have Text History. This Is Not OK," 16 Feb. 2021 The Alabama Board of Education voted in 1993 to prohibit hypnosis, meditation and yoga in public schools after a conservative groups pushed the ban, according to the Associated Press. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Alabama House votes to allow yoga in schools," 12 Mar. 2021 On the busiest nights, as the wait time ticked upward, Scholz would watch as waiting guests’ frustration melted away under the hypnosis of Ruggeri’s voice. Nick Rallo, Dallas News, "Staff, patrons remember Dallas restaurateur Tom Ruggeri as a great entertainer and friend," 19 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of hypnosis

1876, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hypnosis

New Latin

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The first known use of hypnosis was in 1876

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13 Apr 2021

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“Hypnosis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypnosis. Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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hypnosis

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hypnosis

: a state that resembles sleep but in which you can hear and respond to questions or suggestions

hypnosis

noun
hyp·​no·​sis | \ hip-ˈnō-səs How to pronounce hypnosis (audio) \

Kids Definition of hypnosis

: a state which resembles sleep but is produced by a person who can then make suggestions to which the person in this state can respond

hypnosis

noun
hyp·​no·​sis | \ hip-ˈnō-səs How to pronounce hypnosis (audio) \
plural hypnoses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce hypnosis (audio) \

Medical Definition of hypnosis

1 : a trancelike state of altered consciousness that resembles sleep but is induced by a person whose suggestions are readily accepted by the subject
2 : any of various conditions that resemble sleep

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